Navratan Kothari’s Royal Anniversary Bash in Jaipur
Navratan and Anila Kothari arrive at the haveli. Arvind Singh Mewar (inset).
Jaipur is still recovering from the lavish excesses unleashed by the Kothari clan to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of the family patriarch Navratan Kothari.
Over 1,500 guests were hosted at the city’s finest hotels for an elaborate 3-day celebration, peppered with polo matches, exotic excursions, Rajasthan-themed extravaganzas and vegetarian feasts.
The highlight was reserved for the final day—a tongue-in-cheek courtroom dance drama based on the relationship of the golden couple, performed exclusively by family members.
On the big day, Navratan and Anila arrived at their sprawling haveli on the outskirts of the city in a riot of colour—a flower-decked golf cart led by painted elephants and camels, and followed by an army of traditional musicians and dancers. But just before they could settle down on the huge throne set out for them, the presence of Arvind Singh Mewar (inset) caused a flutter in the gathering.
Suddenly, the anxious hosts realised that the other seats available were far too modest to offer to the Udaipur royal. An immediate hunt was launched for something suitable and despite protests from Arvind Singh himself, Kothari remained standing till the erstwhile Maharana had settled down on a large red sofa.
Whether this was protocol, tradition or simply etiquette, we’re glad to note these niceties still exist.
Source: Mumbai Mirror